Creativity: Think Big, Fail Big, Think Bigger

When Brian Cox made his first presentation at TED, I despised him.  He was standing on stage with an “I have the biggest dick at the conference” smile on his face.  He wasn’t excited about the collider, he was thinking about getting laid by LHC groupies.

Now the LHC has failed big time.  Brian has seen his own mortality and he comes on stage humbled.  He has experienced the worst and the best that his leaders can dole out to him.

The presentation Brian gives has three parts:  Think Big.  Fail Big.  Think Bigger.  He looks at the collider.   Describes the failure.  Laughs at it.  Draws confidence from “the useless experiments of Faraday” that changed the world. And goes on.

I now respect Brian Cox.

The LHC failed because all of us have not yet thought big enough.

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Mother’s Day

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I would like to dedicate this post to Evelyn, my maternal grandmother.  Evelyn raised two daughters and two sons single handedly after her divorce from her first husband.  She remarried in 1972 to Edwin.  Together Evelyn and Edwin bought one half acre of land with a small bungalow on it and turned the entire thing into flower and vegetable gardens.  To come to their home was to come to relax and enjoy Evelyn’s excellent cooking and Evelyn’s and Edwin’s sense of humor while enjoying the beauty of their gardening.  Edwin has since passed away and Evelyn is staying at a senior’s apartment.  She still enjoys cooking for herself and her family.  She has many friends and one special gentleman friend, Gus, with whom she goes to Birds Hill Park and feeds wild deer, squirrels and birds.  In the evenings Gus plays piano for the residents of the senior’s apartment and Evelyn suggests music for him to play for them.

Evelyn has four children, ten grandchildren and six great grandchildren.

Happy Mother’s Day, Evelyn.  We all love you dearly.

Humor: Baby Sumo

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Lyrics: Where Have All The Dollars Gone

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based on words and music by Pete Seeger

Where have all the dollars gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the dollars gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the dollars gone?
Gone for spending every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where has all the spending gone?
Long time passing
Where has all the spending gone?
Long time ago
Where has all the spending gone?
Gone to yuan every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where have all the yuan gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the yuan gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the yuan gone?
Gone for savings every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where have all the savings gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the savings gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the savings gone?
Gone to treasuries every one
When will they ever learn?
When will they ever learn?

Where have all the treasuries gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the treasuries gone?
Long time ago
Where have all the treasuries gone?
Gone for dollars every one
When will we ever learn?
When will we ever learn?

Satire: Indexed

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This index card is one of almost 2000 that Jessica has posted in her blog ThisIsIndexed.com.  She describes her work as “thinking relationally without resorting to the math.”

She’s after my own funny bone.

Safe Eating

Atheism: Science vs Faith

Came across the following process flow charts and found them so amusing I thought I would reproduce them here.